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The National Girls Collaborative Project: Using Collaborative Tools to Increase Gender Equity in STEM

National girls collaborative project
National Girls Collaborative Project

The National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) brings together organizations that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Current regional collaboratives
Current Regional Collaboratives

New Hampshire/Vermont

North Carolina

Pacific Northwest

(AK, HI, ID, MT, OR, WA)


Southern New England (MA, RI)



  • Connecticut

  • Florida

  • Great Lakes

    (IN, MI, MN, OH, WI)

  • Kentucky

  • Maine

  • Mid-Atlantic

    (DC, DE,MD, VA)

  • Midwest

    (IL, KS, MO)

Project goals
Project Goals

Maximize access to shared resources within projects and with public and private sector organizations and institutions interested in expanding girls’ participation in STEM.

Strengthen capacity of existing and evolving projects by sharing promising practice research and program models, outcomes and products.

Use the leverage of a network or collaboration of individual girl-serving STEM programs to create the tipping point for gender equity in STEM.

Why collaborate
Why Collaborate?

Uncoordinated Services

Collaboration allows for the creation of a higher quality, more integrated experience.

Collaboration reduces isolation among STEM professionals.

Scarce Resources

Collaborative relationships increase access to scarce


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Why Collaborate?

Increased Capacity

Collaboration strengthens relationships among organizations, increasing the potential for learning by sharing promising practices.

Organizations have

increased ability to

achieve important

outcomes and increase


Ways to share resources






Ways to Share Resources

Model components and activities
Model Components and Activities

Collaborative Leadership Teams

Collaborative Events: Conferences, Forums, and Webcasts

Program Directory

Project Web site

E- Newsletter

Incentives to Collaborate: Mini-Grant Funding

National and Regional Champions Boards

Best practices in successful collaboration




Best Practices in Successful Collaboration

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Best Practices in Successful Collaboration


Reflect on past collaborations and the characteristics of successful or ineffective collaborations.

Create a quick summary of your program services you can easily share when you first meet potential collaborators.

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Best Practices in Successful Collaboration


Identify your program/institutional strengths and challenges.

Identify the program/institutional resources you have to offer.

Identify your program/institutional needs.

Best practices in successful collaboration3
Best Practices in Successful Collaboration


Find the “home” of your audience who can benefit from your research findings/program products and services.

Identify assistance or guides that can help you.

Best practices in successful collaboration4
Best Practices in Successful Collaboration


Be flexible and patient.

Allow for organizational diversity.

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Best Practices in Successful Collaboration


Create a positive relationship based on mutual trust.

Create a collaboration agreement or action plan.


Collaboration Guide

Program Directory

Mini-Grant Schedule

Archived Webcasts

Receive the NGCP E-newsletter

Contact information
Contact Information

Amy Foster

National Program Manager

[email protected]